the State Department announced a new pilot program which would require foreign citizens to put up thousands of dollars to secure visitor visas as a crackdown on visa overstays. The six-month pilot is set to being in December, and would permit consular officers to require applicants for B-1 tourist visas or B-2 business visas from countries with overstay rates higher than 10% to put up a “visa bond,” which will range from $5,000 to $15,000. The pilot will primarily target countries in Africa and the Middle East, however, an incoming Biden administration may be able to end the pilot program early.

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State Department to pilot ‘visa bond’ program to deter overstays.